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Brazil Signs Military Agreement with US, a First in Over 30 Years

Brazil militaryNext week, Brazilian Defense minister, Nelson Jobim, has informed that Brazil and the United States will sign a defense-cooperation agreement. This would be the first major bilateral military cooperation agreement since 1977.

The pact, to be inked with US defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday in Washington, will make “defense-related businesses viable,” Jobim told the Foreign Relations and defense Committee of the Lower house of congress, but did not elaborate.

Earlier this week, a senior US government official told the Associated Press that the agreement provides a broad framework for military cooperation but differs from military pacts Washington has with Colombia and its NATO partners.

“It deals with military exchanges, everything from comparing military equipment to the exchange of students and instructors at military academies” the official said. “There will be provisions for US Navy ship visits and sharing lessons in peacekeeping.”

The Colombia agreement signed last year facilitates a limited number of US troops to make use of seven Colombian military bases and grants immunity from criminal prosecution for US service personnel.

There is no such immunity in the draft Brazil agreement and no stipulation for allowing US troops to be stationed in Brazil. The US would have to ask specific permission to send troops to Brazil for any period of time, even if just for joint peacekeeping exercises.

According to Brazilian press reports, the agreement would create a “multinational, multifunction” base in Rio de Janeiro to monitor drug trafficking.

O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper, which broke the story, did not specify what role the US military would play, but the article says that foreigners cannot command operations in Brazil.

The Colombian deal sparked uproar in South America when it was announced last August. Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said at the time that “an American base in Colombia doesn’t please me” but later said the issue fell within the scope of Colombian sovereignty.

US Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela currently visiting Andean countries had anticipated that a “security cooperation agreement” was in the making with Brazil, although “it’s not finished yet”. However Valenzuela said he would not comment further.

Last March 26, the US ambassador in Colombia William Brownfield revealed in a press interview that Washington was preparing to sign “military collaboration” agreements with several Latin American countries, which he did not identify.

Valenzuela added that Washington would search for security agreements with other countries, “but cooperation depends on the other countries. It’s a normal issue but it is countries that reach such understandings among themselves”.

Last month Uruguay’s defense minister Luis Rosadilla back from a visit to the United States admitted that a “security or defense” agreement with the US is “of interest for Uruguay”.

Rosadilla did not elaborate on the terms of a possible security agreement but informed the parliamentary commissions of his trip to the US and United Nations, and President Jose Mujica administration intentions in defense issues.

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  • bong

    Aimpoint Worldwide Leader of the Red Dot Sighting Technology
    Well there is a saying that no one is an island, making an agreement with the other country is a sign of having a mutual understanding of the both country. There is nothing wrong with it as long as the agreement are for peace and for good development of both country.http://www.mountsplus.com/AR-15_Accessories/AR-15_Scope_Mounts/Aimpoint.html
    Agreement is one way of having a good relationship to other country, it will help both party to make their country become more progress in all the aspect of their government.

  • Lloyd Cata

    2000! But…but…that paltry sum bought much more then.;-):D

  • João da Silva

    Llyod Cata
    [quote]I must confess also to having been an ‘agent’ of Israeli intrusion into the Brazilian telecom sector. I was working for them when I made my journey to Brazil[/quote]

    You must have been responsible for getting them the license to set up a Telephone Company for the paltry sum of $220,000.;-) Did you make your “journey” in 1999 or 2000? 8)

  • Lloyd Cata

    Guilty As Charged
    I must confess also to having been an ‘agent’ of Israeli intrusion into the Brazilian telecom sector. I was working for them when I made my journey to Brazil :o;-)
    There was much hope for peace at the time. Even a office in Tehran and some Iranian and Pakistani colleagues…but…but…all gone with neo-con and Zionist collusion to stir up Mid-east conflict.

  • João da Silva

    Llyod Cata
    [quote]Perhaps we should loudly condemn Mr. Sarkozy and his minions. Or perhaps France Telecom could teach Cuba how to be more effective.[/quote]

    Thanks for the link you posted about France Telecom. I know the whole story. Sarko is clinging to the hope that he can create jobs in France at the cost of Brasilians. That is [b][i]one[/i][/b] of the reasons I am against buying the over priced RAFALES. I have gone through this Bullshit of the Spaniards, Mexicans, Eyetalians trying to better our Telecom sector. Now, we find Vivendi in Brasil.

    In order to avoid “suicides” in France Telecom, Sarko will probably send French “Experts” to our country.Sorry Lloyd, the French have nothing to teach us how to set up a “back bone” or how to build a plane. I am sure that the “neo-liberals” trained in Sorbonne and Cornell in “Sociology” along with home bred “resistance fighters” will work hard to let the French and the rest of “Old Europe” trample upon the Brasilans. They may succeed, but will [i][b]not[/b][/i] get my vote.

    BTW, if the French are dissatisfied with Sarko, it is time to impeach him and [i][b]not[/b][/i] commit suicides. France is a democracy, right?

  • Lloyd Cata

    asp
    I can’t wait to hear your learned explanation for not condemning this tragedy, but I’m sure you will find sufficient courage to tackle such a weighty conundrum?

    ( http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113352329 )

    Perhaps we should loudly condemn Mr. Sarkozy and his minions. Or perhaps France Telecom could teach Cuba how to be more effective.

  • Lloyd Cata

    João da Silva
    What I found more interesting was Vale pushing through the damned dam despite the Law, despite the coming international condemnation, and despite the ‘common sense’ of supposedly ‘educated’ people.:o

    It may seem to some that I rant unfavorably against the US and its role in the Empire to extreme, but I would simply say that it only due to the actions of people who are above the Law, above common sense, and without the least compassion or fairness, to achieve a false agenda only to line their pockets with the inheritance and the sweat of others. Whether they do this by guile and subterfuge, or by force of arms, the results are the same. Some would argue that it is just “the way the world works”, but I find it more the case that it is simply “the way ‘some’ people are working the world”.
    How is it, with impunity, some are ‘allowed’ to circumvent the rights of the people, the Laws of the nation, and any kind of fairness? As they amass their fortunes on the backs of ever increasing servile societies, do they understand that they are also building ever increasing populations of people who are ‘aware’ of their perverse imperialism? Just ask the people of Iceland and Greece if they did not work just as hard only to find themselves casualties of a crisis ‘made in the USA’.
    How does Lula fight for Palestinian rights when he subjects Brazilians to such lawlessness? Is that the price to sit among the supposed masters of the Empire? How many more will be sacrificed to the only god these people understand, and that is money? Lula may have >70% approval, but that 30% disapproving will have every reason.;-)

  • Lloyd Cata

    [b]Fire destroys more than 1 million bags of peanuts cooperative within SP[/b] – O Globo

    …see, their only after your peanut butter crumpets :-):D;-)

  • Lloyd Cata

    João da Silva
    [b]”It deals with military exchanges, everything from comparing military equipment to the exchange of students and instructors at military academies” the official said. “There will be provisions for US Navy ship visits and sharing lessons in peacekeeping.”[/b]

    Not even an interesting development. US has similar agreements with China(and over 100 other countries)…and if they behave themselves there is no need for ‘immunity’ from Brazil’s laws. :-);-)

  • asp

    funny, joao
    ill wait to see how this plays out before i put my foot in my mouth

  • João da Silva

    Llyod Cata
    c.c to: ASP/Baen Brodie

    [quote]Brazil Signs Military Agreement with US, a First in Over 30 Years[/quote]

    Happy to have you three as our brand new “Strategic Partners”.:D

    Any idea as how to dump Rudy, English and French Poodles from this new “alliance”?:D;-)

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